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Sep 6, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us. it's tuesday, september 7th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. >>> the international atomic energy agency said iran stepped up its uranium enrichment activities. on monday, the watchdog organization urged them to cooperate with inspections. the iae said iran enriched uranium by the end of august. the amount quadrupled from april, showing iran expanded it its enrichment program even after the u.n. imposed more sanctions in june. they expect iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. it's called on the country to allow inspectors to view all nuclear facilities and interview relevant officials. iran's nuclear program will be discussed at an iae board meeting september thenth. the latest revelation is expected to lead to increased pressure on iran to stop its uranium enrichment activities. >>> with the u.s. midterm elections less than two months away campaigns started in earnest on labor day, monday. president barack obama was in the midwestern state of wisconsin to rally support for democratic party candidates running in the no
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Sep 21, 2010 7:00pm PDT
us. >>> a chief prosecutor was arrested on tuesday on suspicion of data tampering during an investigation. sources close to the public prosecutor's office say that a colleague suspected the data tampering had occurred around february and argued with the chief prosecutor over the matter. the supreme prosecutor's office arrested tsunehiko maeda of the osaka district office on suspicion of tampering with data while investigating a ministry official suspected of fraud. the supreme prosecutor's office carried out a search of maeda's residence for more than two hours on tuesday evening. the sources say maeda's colleague pointed out that the data may have been intentionally falsified. the sources say the quarrel was reported to higher-ranking officials of the district prosecutor's office. the supreme prosecutor's office will question the officials and colleagues who worked with maeda at the osaka prosecutor's office at that time. it's also trying to find maeda's motive for tampering with the evidence. >>> more exchange events planned between japan and china have been suspended over
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Sep 9, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> this is "newsline." glad you to join us. it's friday, september 10th, 11:00 a.m. i'm catherine kobayashi. here are your updates. >>> nhk learned prime minister naoto kan has the lead over ichiro ozawa in the race for the democratic president of the party of japan. the winner will almost be confirmed by the diet as prime minister. in the election to take place on tuesday, votes will be tallied according to a point system with dpj diet members accounting for 822 points out of a total of 1,222. party members belonging to local government bodies have votes worth 100 points and rank and file party members are allocated 300 points. an nhk survey showed diet members are almost equally divided between kan and ozawa with each having about 180 lawmakers in his camp. the remaining lawmakers, about 50 in number, are undecided. more than half of the nearly 2,400 local government party members say they will support kan, while about 700 back ozawa. the remaining 500 are undecided. kan and ozawa will try to win over undecided lawmakers in a policy debate on friday and through other efforts in
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Sep 29, 2010 7:00pm PDT
bay were found cut at a depth of about two meters on tuesday. the pens were being used to hold about 30 dolphins caught in the town's traditional hunt, which started this month. none of the dolphins, which were destined for aquariums, has escaped. the conservation group the black fish says on its website that its divers cut the nets. the fishery cooperative says the hunt is being carried out with the permission of the prefecture and calls the sabotage illegal and unacceptable. japanese police are investigating the case. taiji's hunt was depicted critically in the u.s. documentary film "the cove." anti-whaling activists from abroad have been visiting the town since the start of the hunting season. >>> and now we take a look at the latest in business. ines matsuyama joins us for the latest. >> thank you very much, catherine. hello. >>> the u.s. house of representatives has passed a bill that includes sanctions against china aimed at prodding it to appreciate its currency. the house on wednesday had its final session of deliberations on the bill, which will allow duties to be slapped on
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Sep 8, 2010 7:00pm PDT
push tourism, the state will relax rules on hotel accommodations and allow the use of traditional homes as inns. the government will provide the plan's details in the coming months and implement them later this year. >>> european monetary authorities are defending the reliability of their stress tests on eu banks. it comes after a leading u.s. newspaper questioned their credibility. the stress tests are meant to gauge the health of european banks. they were introduced to restore confidence in the financial system after the greek credit crisis. but on tuesday the "wall street journal" published an article questioning the effectiveness of the tests. it said that some lenders' holders of potentially risky government debt had been understated. the article triggered yet another fall of the euro against the dollar and yen and a sell-off of bank shares. on wednesday, the committee of european banking supervisors released a statement defending the tests. it said that the debt disclosures had greatly enhanced transparency. the eu authorities assessed the soundness of 91 financial instituti
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Sep 20, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to this edition of "newsline." glad you could join us. it's tuesday, september 21st, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden said japan is central to u.s. efforts to improve relations with china. his comment came amid growing tension between china and japan amid the arrest of a chinese trawler captain. >> i would argue strongly there is an emerging relationship that has to be -- we have to get right between the united states and china. but quite frankly, i don't know how that relationship can be made right other than going through tokyo. >> biden also said japanese cooperation was vital in dealing with north korea. >> there is no possibility of us getting a policy correct and being successful in the korean peninsula without japan. >> the riff between china and japan is growing over the arrest of a chinese fishing captain we mentioned just now. for allegedly colliding with japan coast guard ships. the incident has caused a backlash against japan in china. >>> china postponed its invitation to a japanese youth delegation that was to start
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Sep 24, 2010 7:00pm PDT
major neighbor with an economy that's growing ever stronger. >> joining us now, an nhk executive commentator. does japan's decision to release the chinese captain mean the problem's been resolved? >> well, china has only said it will suspend the high official exchange as a countermeasure but it may now redraft this. it seems certain that the bilateral relation won't strain any further. but unless japan exchange -- but unless japan changes its position that no territorial dispute existing in the east china sea, china will remain distrustful of japan. china may continue to take a hard line stance against japan. >> at least on the surface, the latest strain of bilateral relations is a result of the collision at sea. but how do you see the incident? >> well, the incident occurred amid the growing distrust between japan and china over security issues. japan is increasingly worried as the chinese navy has become more active, not only in the east china sea but also in the western pacific. china meanwhile is carefully watching japan's moves as japanese self-defense force takes steps to d
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Sep 2, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us on this edition. it's friday september 3rd, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine tokobayashi. we first go to ines matsuyama, who has the latest in business news. ines? >> thanks, catherine. hello. >>> in japan's manufacturing sector capital spending fell over 10% from april through june compared with a year ago. the finance ministry surveyed more than 23,000 firms with capital of at least $120,000. the survey shows that investment on plant and equipment cross all industries except for finance and insurance fell by 1.7%. looking in detail, the manufacturing sector plunged 10.5%, while non-manufacturers saw a rise of 3.4%. looking at earnings, the survey shows that sales and profit in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors rose. the drop in capital spending for makers stands as a cautious stance at business prospects. >>> tokyo stocks extended their gains friday morning following a rise in new york. the nikkei ended the morning session at 9,097 points, up 0.4%, or 35 ticks almost. investors took their cue from a slightly
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Aug 31, 2010 7:00pm PDT
. >> reporter: a kindar garten located in tochiki prefecture north of tokyo recently began using very unusual playground equipment. it's made entirely out of corrugated cardboard. the material is light but strong enough to support the weight of an adult. it's also just as easy to put together as it is to take apart and store. >> translator: i don't have to worry about the children getting hurt. the kids love it because it's made from cardboard and doesn't feel cold in the winter. >> reporter: a local furniture manufacturer makes the playground equipment. the company, which was established 45 years ago, originally made wood erin furniture. but recently intense competition from low-price foreign rivals forced it to come up with something new. so to boost sales the company set its sights on corrugated cardboard. cardboard is easy to process. by using it instead of wood the company can cut production costs by 90%. using a special ultrastrong cardboard the company now makes a variety of products including rickshaws. the firm can now even create a room with beams, pillars, and floors all made from
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Sep 14, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to this edition of "newsline." glad you could join us. it's wednesday, september 15th. 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> the yen continues to rise. the japanese government has finally stepped in. we have the details. >> thanks, catherine. good morning. >>> on the new york foreign exchange the japanese currency soared to the 82 yen level against the u.s. dollar on tuesday, following prime minister kan's victory in the democratic party presidential race. earlier on the tokyo foreign exchange, the dollar hit the 82-yen level for the first time in about 15 years. the move follows japan prime minister kan's reelection as head of the dpj on tuesday. he defeated ichiro 0 za with a. sources say that investors are also selling the dollar against other currencies on speculation the u.s. may take other easing measures. currently the dollar is changing hands at 84.09-10. earlier on the tokyo foreign exchange, the dollar hit the 82-yen level for the first time about 15 years and we had this story earlier. as the dollar weakens, gold prices in new yor
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Sep 17, 2010 7:00pm PDT
university in tokyo. professor, thank you for joining us today. now in recent years, many governor in japan had been elected promising reform. what's the background to this? >> in the 1970s, many reform-minded local leaders, socialists or communist governizer mayors formed the conceptive councils. but the background of recent conflict is different. first, scarcity of resources. many local governments are suffering serious financial difficulties and scrapping or streamlining management is a pressing issue. the second, transparency. the use for taxes became more apparent. people began to pay closer attention to the privileges enjoyed by the local government staff or counselors and their relatively high pay. in places where reformist governors and mayors are trying to fight these invested interests, conflicted counselors will be more intense. >> so people becoming more aware of the problems their local governments are facing and they want their elected leaders to do something about them. but if you look at one case, the mayor seems to be in support of it. what do you make of this? >> i t
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Sep 1, 2010 7:00pm PDT
street's gains. ines matsuyama joins us with the details. >> that's right, catherine. good morning. wall street's rally spurred a rebound in tokyo stocks on thursday morning. investors helped push the nikkei average above the 9,000-yen level. the index ended the morning session at 9,035 points, up 1.2%, or 108 ticks from wednesday's close. sources say the stronger than expected data on u.s. manufacturers' business sentiment drove new york stocks up. that surge prompted investors in tokyo to go on a buying spree. >>> checking currencies, the dollar's hovering around a narrow range against the yen on thursday morning. it's currently at 84.33-35. while the euro's at 107.92-97. before the dollar started its slide, it gained against the yen, thanks to better than forecast u.s. manufacturing data. here's a look at the latest long-term interest rates. this is the yield on the benchmark ten-year japanese government bond. in other markets, hong kong's hang seng opened 1.2% higher. it's currently up 1.3%. the shanghai index for major blue chips is up 0.7%. and in shenzhen the sse composite i
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Sep 27, 2010 7:00pm PDT
switzerland for several years. at school, he used the name pak un and it is said he identified himself as the son of the north korean ambassador to switzerland. one of his former classmates says he was polite and quick to learn the german language. kim jong-un apparently enjoyed playing basketball and dreamed of becoming a professional player. kim jong-un is said to have returned to pyongyang around 2000, and to have attended university in the north korean capital. no information has been available on his whereabouts since that time. there is speculation that kim jong-il has chosen jong-un to succeed him due to his son's leadership abilities and strong-mindedness. china's special envoy to the six-party talks, wu dawei heard that kim jong-un is tall like his grandfather, kim il-song, who established communist rule in north korea. >> the conference that begins on tuesday, the first of its kind in 44 years, is expected to elect the party's supreme leadership. more than half the members of the party's central committee are said to have died or been purged without being replaced and it is b
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Sep 3, 2010 7:00pm PDT
large rat's pancreas. the first that has produced an animal organ using a different species as host. the stem cells were able to develop into various body tissues or organs. the university of tokyo's institute of medical science conducted an experiment to see whether the cells from one animal can develop into an organ even when the cells are transplanted into a different species. the group put the cells created from a rat's skin into a mouse's fertilized egg that modified to prevent the development of a pancreas. the egg was implanted into the mouse's womb. the mouse born with the egg had a normally-functioning pancreas and confirmed the pancreas originated from the rat's cells by deexiting marking proteins from the organ that had been artificially inserted. >> translator: your experiment will turn into a basic technology for transplanting human organs created in large animals, such as pigs into, humans. >>> israel and the palestinian authorities started negotiations in washington thursday and agreed to seek a permanent peace deal within a year. but there are major differences in th
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Sep 15, 2010 7:00pm PDT
by surprise. >> sources say it's unusual for authorities to use a large amount of money in one day to buy the dollar. usually, the bank of japan tries to recover the funds they used shortly after the intervention to avoid rapid fluctuation of yen-denominated funds, but this time the central bank will leave the funds in the market as a way to further ease credit. the boj says that promoting an easy monetary policy like this will help weaken the yen and bolster the economy. >>> meanwhile, former u.s. federal reserve chairman alan greenspan says japan's move to weaken the yen won't last. in a speech in new york on wednesday greenspan said unilateral intervention in foreign currency markets is a temporary measure. >> there is a global market that arbitrages out there, so that i think that intervention is -- never works. >> he said the yen is sold as a safe haven currency because there's strong demand for japanese government bonds among domestic investors, so in effect most of the government debt is absorbed in domestic markets. greenspan warned that japan's huge government deficits could
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Sep 28, 2010 7:00pm PDT
affects manufacturers like us, even big competitors may start taking small domestic orders. i'm afraid we might all end up losing in a price war. >> reporter: the soaring yen isn't the only concern for these businesses. subsidies for fuel-efficient vehicles helped boost sales this month. but when they end in september, demand will likely drop. carmakers are already expecting to cut production by around 20% in october. also, the consumer spending boost because of the unusually hot summer is losing steam. having bought air-conditioners and other products to cool themselves off, shoppers may soon rein in expenses. chief economist torch heero nagahama expects a rough road ahead for japan. >> translator: the domestic economy will face a difficult business climate from october onwards. overseas economies are slowing down as well with the largest exporter, china, seeing slower growth due to credit tightening. the u.s. also losing momentum and has deflation concerns. so economies are slowing everywhere. >> reporter: japan's economy may have been on a moderate recovery path this year. but the c
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Sep 16, 2010 7:00pm PDT
0.2%. >>> makers of precision glass products may soon polish surfaces using a metal that's not rare earth. japanese researchers have developed the new polishing technology and it's drawing a lot of attention at a time when china is restricting export of rare earth metals. a research group led by ritsumeikan university professor yasuhiro tani has discovered that a metal called zirconium can be used to polish precision glass products. these include televisions with liquid crystal displays and lenses. zirconium can be sourced more easily than cerium, which is the rare earth metal that's now being used for polishing. the researchers also found that the new technology with zirconium will make polishing more efficient rather than with cerium. this will cut metal usage by 40%. the research team plans to put the technology into practical use in about two years. >>> the u.s. is criticizing china and japan over their currency policies. treasury secretary timothy geithner said china is too slow in letting the yuan go higher while lawmakers oppose japan's currency intervention. the senate and t
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Sep 7, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us. it is wednesday, september 8th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. the latest u.s. media poll shows that the public approval rate for u.s. president barack obama has fallen below 50% for the first time since he took office. in a joint poll by abc news and "the washington post" last week, obama's public approval rating stood at 46%. this is down more than 20 percentage points from february, 2009, shortly after obama became president. on the economy nearly 70% said he is making it worse or having no real effect. nearly 60% said they disapproved of his handling of the federal budget deficit. when asked about the mid term legislative elections in november, respondents gave republican candidates a more than ten-point lead over the democrats. >>> an alleged car bombing has left 16 people dead and more than 50 wounded in northwestern pakistan. the attack targeted police residences. the blast went off in the town of kohot tuesday night and destroyed more than ten buildings. officials say the victims include six police officers and their family mem
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Sep 10, 2010 7:00pm PDT
. and joining us in the studio with some insight on this story is our reporter. so, the court sharply criticized the prosecutors for the way they did their investigations of this case. presumption of guilt, how did they proceed? >> actually it looked as if the prosecutor themselves were judging in court. here is the gist of the prosecutor's argument. a man who headed a fictitious organization wanted a welfare ministry certificate that woul identify it as a group that represented the disabled. the kind of certificate allowed such organization to send mail at discount rates. and the men asked a lawmaker to help him obtain the certificate. the lawmaker asked her at the time to issue it. the support year instructed muraki to issue the certificate. she made a subordinate produce it. the prosecutors based the case chiefly on the statement made during the course of the investigation. it's that muraki told him to issue a certificate because a lawmaker asked them to do it. but he went back on his statement in court. finally, the court pointed out that the prosecutor's press hamiura to admit wh
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Sep 22, 2010 7:00pm PDT
book. i'm surprised and happy. let us accumulate more good memories. she showed us the book that haishi had sent, the first japanese art history in french edited by haishi. she said he must have been eager to teach people about the beauty of japan's cultural works. >> translator: isn't it beautiful? haishi served his customers very courteously and many became frien friends. in the end, he was greatly respected. >> reporter: she visited degas' exhibition. and could see the influence in the series of bathing women. >> translator: i think degas received the inspiration of the natural butte offy naked women from the uikoa. >> reporter: if it were not for his friendship with degas, the masterpieces that enrapture us may never have been produced. nhk world. >> he left paris in 1905 while japan was at war with russia. he carried home about 200 paintings by impressionists, including about 15 by degas. haishi had planned to build approximate the first impressionist museum but died soon after returning home at the age of 53. >>> last week's tokyo game show drew a record number of game make
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Sep 23, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> glad you could join us on this edition of "newsline." it's friday september 24th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> japanese prime minister naoto kan and u.s. president barack obama held talks in new york on thursday. this was their second meeting since kan assumed office in june and was aimed at deepening the japan-u.s. alliance. kan was expected to explain his plan to steadily move forward with the relocation of the u.s. futenma air station in okinawa based on the bilateral agreement reached in may. he is also likely to have asked obama to help reduce the burden on the people of okinawa. the two leaders are also expected to have agreed to advance bilateral cooperation in wide-ranging areas, including the economy, security and development assistance. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the revision of the japan-u.s. security treaty. the two leaders are also likely to have exchanged views on the global economic situation. kan is believed to have explained to obama about the recent intervention by the japanese government in foreign exchange markets to stem the
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Sep 13, 2010 7:00pm PDT
business. ines joins us now. >> the yen's appreciation against the dollar continues on the tokyo foreign exchange. the yen dipped tuesday morning. the greenback is changing hands at 83.46-47, while the euro is at 107.40. the dollar yet 43 yen earlier. that came as momentum carried over from earlier markets. many staying on the sidelines as japan's ruling democratic lawmakers prepare to vote for a new party leader later in the day. the result of the vote may accelerate the yen's rise. tokyo stocks moved within a narrow range on tuesday morning as investors waited to see whether the yen strengthens any further. the nikkei end the session at 9,300 on the dot, down 21 ticks. the broader base closing down 21 ticks. investors are shying away from active trading as they wait for results from the democratic election. here's a look at the long-term interesthe ten-year japanese government bond. the hang seng is up 0.3%. the shanghai up 0.6%. and the sse composite up 0.4%. >>> the euro zone's economy is predicted to grow at a rate of 1.7% this year, revise friday 0.4% forecast in may. the european
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